Containers Are The Future But The Future Isn’t Finished


Containers are a big deal, and they’re only going to get bigger. That’s my view after attending the latest KubeCon (and CloudNativeCon) in Seattle last week.

A year ago, I was confused about what containers mean for IT, because the name ‘container’ had me thinking it was about the little box that code was stored in: the container image. I’m here to tell you that the container image format itself (Docker, rkt, whatever you like) is not the point.

The most important thing about containers is the process of using them, not the things themselves. The process is heavily automated. No more installing software by sitting in front of a console and clicking ‘Next’ every five minutes. Unix people everywhere rejoice that Windows folk have discovered scripting is a good thing.

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